ST. GEORGE — Travelers over Memorial Day weekend are being advised that the Nevada Highway Patrol once again will be joining forces with the California Highway Patrol starting Friday targeting the highly traveled Interstate 15 corridor between California and Las Vegas.
This stretch of I-15 was once considered one of the most deadly stretches of highway in the country, and with Memorial Day weekend being the traditional kick off for the summer vacation season, it’s estimated that the weekend could bring over 300,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Valley, as well as many who will continue south into California or north to Utah.
According to a press release from Nevada Department of Public Safety, the goal of both agencies is the safety of the motoring public during this holiday weekend. The collaborative efforts of the two agencies has managed to reduce the number of fatal crashes in this area through enforcement and education.
The two agencies will focus their efforts on speed infractions, the move over law and distracted driving violations. Commuters will be warned with the DMS electronic freeway signs which will flash the message “Move Over or Slow Down for Stopped Emergency Vehicles” as well as “Entering NHP Zero Tolerance Zone” as a reminder to be safe.
The California Highway Patrol will focus their efforts on the California side of I-15 and will include the use of their fix winged aircraft that measure speed from the air.
Also participating in this Joint Enforcement will be Las Vegas Metro and Henderson police departments.